Taken from Baishan City, China, looking across the Yalu River. This picture was taken at about 4:45am, and already there were thousands of North Koreans gathered down by the river, carrying away bags of sediment one by one. Hyesan is an important mining town for North Korea, so I imagine it had something to do with minerals.
The Yalu river here is not wide at all, originating from the Changbai mountains not far away, and there is no wall or anything that prevents people from either the China side or the North Korean side from just wandering over. In fact, there were several fisherman wading in the middle of the river together, both Chinese and North Koreans. I imagine this lack of a barricade between the two countries is how my dumbass countrymen keep wandering over and getting kidnapped by the guards, which are stationed in outposts scattered around the hillsides of Hyesan.
I'd say the first thing you notice in the picture is the garbage all around. Seems like remnants of years of dumping crap down this hill. These women tread along the bank of the river hauling away god knows what.
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holmertz (57285) 2010-11-13 7:06
Maybe not a perfect picture, but an interesting document and in a bizarre way not entirely unattractive. There are some nice green patches among the brown and grey, and the six people walking along the road are very nicely lined up. Under different circumstances I would even call them beautiful. Now they look pretty depressing.
worldcitizen (9144) 2010-11-13 16:29
It is rare to see any views from North Korea, so it is both interesting and sad to see these workers and the conditions behind them. It looks like only one of them has an empty bowl on their head. Thanks for sharing this photo.
- Copyright: Andrew Foerster (andrewf) (199)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2009-07-02
- Categories: Daily Life
- Camera: Nikon D60, AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR DX
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Clean Planet No Rubbish [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2010-11-12 20:54